An open letter to my fellow Israelis: As the world media became instantly transparent, the reality of our crimes became impossible to hide, and we put an extra focus on propaganda to twist it all into “self defense”. Who on earth would want to “survive” if this is how “survival” looks?
Category Archives: Middle East
Stephen Pampinella, a scholar of int’l relations at SUNY New Paultz, says Bernie Sanders must challenge neoconservative policies in both parties by declaring he will work with Iran to stabilize the Middle East in a “post-hegemonic” world order that relies on international law. Israel lobby won’t like this!
A panel of judges in Saudi Arabia overturned the death sentence of Palestinian artist, curator, and poet Ashraf Fayadh but upheld the verdict of the crime of apostasy and sentenced him to eight years in prison, 800 lashes, and an official public repentance through Saudi Arabia state media.
“I who plowed Israel’s fields, planted trees, built a house and fathered sons and shed his blood in the battle for its founding… renounce my belief in the Zionism which has failed, I shall not be loyal to the Jewish fascist state and its mad vision,” the late Dov Yermiya said in 2009
James North writes that as he read through Phil Weiss’s superb reports on Jewish settlers in West Bank Palestine, he experienced an eerie sense of familiarity. From 1978 to 1983 North lived in southern Africa, writing articles and then a book about the struggle against apartheid. The people Weiss described so vividly reminded him of many of the white South Africans he met back then. He writes, “The resemblance is more than an attitude of colonial superiority. Beyond that, I recognized in Weiss’s settlers a similar feeling of self-confidence, the conviction that although the outside world could criticize all it wanted, no one was going to taken any serious actions to disturb their lives.”
Yonatan Shay, an official of the American Jewish Committee, seeks to paint Syrian refugees in Berlin as anti-Semitic, and as putting Jews in Europe in danger, with the obvious agenda of riding the nationalist xenophobic wave.
Another US foreign policy blunder, this one in Haiti. Does Obama stumble partly because he spends too much time on Israel?
Katie Miranda offers an ad for Airbnb’s rentals in the occupied territories. There is rarely this much truth in advertising.
“We live like dogs,” says a Kurdish resident of Grande-Synthe, a burgeoning refugee camp located in an industrial suburb of Dunkerque, France. As the refugee crisis continues to swell across Europe, Grande-Synthe stands as an example of the most perilous living conditions in modern Western society.
While in Hawaii, Hatim Kanaaneh uses the local homelessness crisis to explain Middle East politics.
Over the weekend, in a victory for diplomacy, the U.S. lifted sanctions on Iran in place since 2006 as the two countries also completed a prisoner exchange. But no sooner than the plane carrying released prisoners had left the tarmac in Iran, the U.S. Department of Treasury slapped new sanctions on Iran over its ballistic missile testing last fall, breaking the spirit of the agreement with Iran.
On December 3rd 2015 a statue was unveiled in honor of Richard “Dick” Cheney at the United States Capitol. Coincidentally, the previous day witnessed the British parliament, specifically the House of Commons, inadvertently honor Cheney in the debate on whether to extend the military intervention aimed at ISIS in Iraq into ISIS’s supposed heartland in Syria.
The Palestinian artist, curator, and poet Ashraf Fayadh, 35, has been sentenced to death by beheading. Saudi Arabian authorities have declared his crime as “apostasy,” or abandoning one’s religion—in this case, renouncing Islam. Several other charges were also leveled against Fayadh, including allegedly photographing women and storing their pictures on his phone, a violation of the country’s Anti-Cyber Crime Law. He pleaded his innocence to all the charges. Amnesty International UK states that, “Throughout this whole process, Ashraf was denied access to a lawyer—a clear violation of international human rights law, as well as Saudi Arabia’s national laws.”
Evan W. Sandlin responds to Ben Norton’s post “Why are American pro-Palestinian voices silent about the brutal war in Yemen” and says, “The reasons for relegating the plight of Yemenis to virtual obliviousness is more nuanced and more troubling than Norton makes it out to be.”
On Thursday January 8, a group of 40 retired Brazilian diplomats signed a statement against Israel’s appointment of Mr. Dani Dayan for the Israeli Embassy in Brazil. The statement criticizes the way Dayan was announced and his role in the settlement movement, which the diplomats view as an affront to Brazil’s positions against the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories.
The US government is backing a brutal war on Yemen, the poorest country in the Middle East. It has been for more than nine months. You wouldn’t know that from the US Palestinian solidarity movement though. It has largely remained silent.
The covert alliance between the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Israel should be no surprise to any student of British imperialism. The British Empire’s drive to impose Zionism in Palestine is embedded in the geographical DNA of contemporary Saudi Arabia.
When Israel denies UN claims of human rights atrocities in Palestine, the New York Times gives ample space to the denials. When Saudi Arabia denies atrocities in Yemen — also committed with US military aid — the NYT doesn’t give them the time of day.
Orientalism is alive and well at the New York Times, as the paper tries to explain the Saudi-Iran dispute by citing 7th century theology.
Dan Ephron’s book Killing a King is an almost morbid exploration of the preparation for and political consequences of the murder of Yitzhak Rabin twenty years ago, but in celebrating the two-state solution it ignores the real problems in the Israel/Palestine one-state reality
Thirty years ago Marc Ellis called for a solidarity with the Palestinian people. Now that call is more relevant than ever. Because the abyss is clearly in view.
The Christmas spirit entails a radical reworking of identity and worldview to interrogate our own tribal and ‘patriotic’ roots and touch the other. Donald Trump isn’t helping.
Congress seeks to link Iran with San Bernardino attacks with visa legislation that John Kerry has to apologize for. Iranians talk about the Zionist lobby’s effect; but US media avoid it.
World-famous British artist Banksy has made a bold statement about refugees in his latest artwork depicting Steve Jobs, the visionary CEO and cofounder of Apple, on a wall in “The Jungle” refugee camp outside the port city of Calais in northern France. The piece is simply titled “the son of a migrant from Syria.”
Mahmoud El-Yousseph says that Donald Trump’s proposal to ban Muslims from entering the US is the worst public insult directed against Muslims he has heard in 40 years living in America. As he considered how to respond he looked to his faith and says it provides guidance for him and all Americans.